Romanian tennis superstar, Simona Halep has made it into the semifinals of the 2019 WTA Miami Open where she will face Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic.
Simona Halep had a comfortable win in the previous round as she defeated Wang Qiang from China in straight sets. During the win, Halep returned serve exceptionally well as she won 54% of her return points which resulted in her winning 7 break points. Halep has looked in very good form in this tournament as she has only lost 1 set in the entire event.
On the other side of the coin, Karolina Pliskova also won her previous outing in straight sets. Pliskova also played a very solid match as she impressed with her serving. In the match, Karolina Pliskova won 65% of her service points and 90% of her service games to set up a comfortable win. Pliskova also returned well as she broke her opponent’s serve on 3 occasions. Karolina Pliskova has been in exceptional form this season as she has made it to the quarterfinals or further in every tournament she has played in 2019. Pliskova made the semifinals of the Australian Open and won the Brisbane International earlier in the season which proves her exceptional form.
Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova have played each other 10 times in the past. Halep has beaten Pliskova on 7 occasions while Pliskova has beaten Halep 3 times. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season in the Fed Cup where Simona Halep won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Karolina Pliskova to win. Halep has had a good tournament but Pliskova simply looks in better form. Both players are very accomplished and talented but the difference in form is making me pick Pliskova.